LUTC Meeting Minutes 2018-01-08

Eliot Land Use and Transportation Committee
Minutes from January 8, 2018 Meeting

Meeting was called to order by the Chair.

LUCT members present: Allan, Phil, Mike, and Clint
Eliot neighbors present: Brad Barker and Jonathan Konkol

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LUTC Meeting Minutes 2017-04-10

Eliot Neighborhood Association

Land Use and Transportation Committee

Meeting Minutes from April 10, 2016, respectively submitted by Mike Warwick, Vice-Chair

Meeting was called to order by Chair Allan Rudwick at 7:10 PM

A quorum of the Committee was present, including Clint, Allan, Phil, Laurie and myself.  Also preset were Nan Stark from Planning and residents Rebecca, Sara, and Ian.

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LUTC Minutes 2016-11-14

Eliot Land Use and Transportation Committee
Minutes for November 14, 2016
Submitted by Vice-chair, Mike Warwick

7:15 pm Vice-chair Warwick called the meeting to order before a quorum was present in order to proceed with Emanuel Hospital’s annual review, as required by the Institutional Management Plan (IMP) it has with Eliot and Boise Neighborhood Associations.

Present: Mike, Montse, Phil, and Paul. Visitors from Emanuel were present as was one neighbor/resident.

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Welcome to the Neighborhood?

N/NE Quadrant PlanThe future of Eliot was hotly debated during the NE Quadrant (NEQ) plan process with most of the NE neighborhood representatives opposing widening I-5, replacement of the overpasses with “lids,” and the Hancock overcrossing. The NEQ increased allowed building height and density along Broadway and in the area across Broadway from the Rose Quarter. City Planners believe the new lid and Hancock extension will “reconnect” Eliot to a new “Pearl District East” development across Broadway from the Rose Quarter and along Broadway on Eliot’s southern edge.

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I-5 Overpass Reconstruction Moving Forward

I-5 Overpass Reconstruction
I-5 Overpass Reconstruction

“The Box”

The recently adopted NE Quadrant Plan (a part of the Central City and Comprehensive Plans) was conducted in cooperation with the Transportation offices of the State (ODOT) and City (PDOT) to coordinate ODOT’s plans to expand capacity on I-5 through the Rose Quarter and the I-5 ramps with PDOT’s plans for the area between at Broadway/Weidler, an area known as “the Box”.

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LUTC Minutes 2016-02-08

Eliot Neighborhood Association
Land Use Committee
Minutes for February 8, 2016

Committee Members present: Mike, Phil, Allan, Clint, Paul, Laurie and Montse

Guests from the neighborhood:  Kelly Gillard

Presenters from Solterra:  Josh Guerra, Justin Church, Tim Dudly, and Melynda Retawick (?)

Meeting was called to order by the Chair at 7 PM

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Pending Sewer Work

Sewer Repair Map
Map of South Eliot sewer repair project.

Residents of south Eliot and others may have noticed all of the colored paint on the street, sidewalk and even parking strips as well as surveyors blocking traffic on MLK weekend mornings.  This is all part of planning for the City’s South Eliot Sewer and Storm Water Project. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017, so it is a ways off.

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PDX Reporter App

PDX Reporter App
PDX Reporter App

Don’t know who to call to complain about graffiti or abandoned cars or other urban nuisances?  Well, there is a “app” for that.  The app is provided through PBOT so the reports are limited to abandoned autos, debris in the road, graffiti, illegal parking, park maintenance needs, plugged street drains, potholes, sidewalk complaints and failed or failing streetlights.

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Envisioning Eliot’s Future

“It is difficult to predict, especially about the future.”

Streetcar along Williams in 1889.  Homes have been replaced with warehouses.  Courtesy Mrs. Dorothy Thompson Smith
Streetcar along Williams in 1889. Homes have been replaced with warehouses. Courtesy Mrs. Dorothy Thompson Smith

This quote is rooted in a Danish proverb according to the ever- reliable internet, although it has been attributed to a number of notables.  Regardless, it is true.  I personally subscribe to the maxim “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”  One of Eliot’s predominantly German residents from the 1920s would still recognize many of Eliot’s homes, but would miss the streetcars along MLK and other streets, and the residential community that used to exist west of the gulch occupied by I-5.  The number of automobiles would be a shock as would the lack of livestock in rear yards.  Even indoor plumbing would be novel.  But, their Eliot would still look a lot like ours.  Many of the houses would be the same along with the streets, but the street names have changed over the years.

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